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It has been a pretty good year.  Nothing out of this world exciting, but making progress on the path I am walking.

I am looking forward to a New Year, a new beginning and filled with many blessings.  I especially look forward to the surprise blessings God has planned for me 🙂

I wish you all a very peaceful, healthy, joyful, loving, and blessed New Year of 2012.

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English: Nativity scene

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The joy of spending time with friends over the holidays is extra special. 

Yesterday, Christmas Eve, I had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time.  We went to a restaurant she had never been to before, the Red Robin, and then went walking after. 

 Last night was the traditional Christmas Eve celebration with the extended family of friends.  There are 9 adults, 4 teens, and 8 children.  The younger children get to open their stockings before we eat, then given their food first before the rest of us sit back and enjoy the easy dining of a fondue meal.  Once dinner is over, the children dress up for the Nativity scene as one of the men read the story.  This year Grandma and Grandpa got each other a video camera and were able to tape it, in addition to my taking the still photos.  Then there is the gift opening before we sit back down for the dessert of chocolate fondue with strawberries, pineapple chunks, apple slices, bananas, and marshmallows.  After dessert our entertainment was each of the children either singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, or combination.  A great night had by all.

 It has rained here all day today, Christmas Day.  A friend of mine who lives in my neighborhood had invited me to join her and her son for an early afternoon dinner today.  She is a good cook and the food was delicious.  It was lovely to share a meal and a couple of hours with them.

Tonight I watched the movie The Polar Express.  I love the story and the music, especially the song “Believe” sung by Josh Groban.  Another reminder for us to…
BELIEVE…and keep BELIEVING.

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Let us remember the purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Gerard van Honthorst Adoration of the Shepherd...

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It is nice to give and get gifts as part of the celebration, but in this time of a very tough economy, let’s not spend money we don’t have.  Unless you did already. (smile)  Explain to others, and the children that you just don’t have the money to spend.  I’ve been in that boat for a couple years now.  However, I have found that most people love just getting a meaningful card, with a personal note written inside…even the children.

Even my card giving/mailing has had to be reduced big time…mostly just to those who don’t have email.  A few I deliver by hand.

We can also find ways to give the gift of ourselves to others by helping them in some specific way, meaningful to them.  Help someone in need, someone you don’t even know.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate the birth of Jesus more like Thanksgiving, sharing a special meal with friends and family.   Let’s dream of a better way to celebrate this special occasion.

Don’t get me wrong, I love giving gifts…at least when I was able to.  It makes me sad at this time of year that I don’t have the money to buy gifts.  For parents it is even worse when they cannot afford to give gifts to the children.  I remember a time when me and my brother were young and our parents explained that we would only get one gift that Christmas because money was tight.  I don’t recall us being upset at all, we understood.

This is my early Christmas message to each and every one of you~

I wish for all of you throughout this special time…wisdom, peace, joy, caring, kindness, love for all, and safety.  I wish you many blessings this Christmas, and Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, and throughout the New Year.

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I watched this program Sunday morning…WONDERFUL!

In each 30 minute show there are 3 different real life stories for and about young people.
These are young people who have been through really tough times in their lives, yet came out on the other side to a better life, with the Winning Edge. Each young person is paired with a star from the entertainment industry or sports who introduces their story.

I highly recommend you check the list included for the station and airing time where you live. Watch with the young people in your family, especially the teens. Maybe you don’t have young people in your home, but you know other families who might enjoy and benefit from these programs.

The Mission of Challenger Films  http://challengerfilms.org/

Recognizing the immense impact of television on today’s youth, Challenger Films seeks to inspire youth to seek a life of integrity and character.
Challenger Films seeks to fulfill its mission through projects such as The Real Winning Edge, a 26 week, 30 minute television series which profiles young achievers who are peer role models.  These role models are introduced by well-known celebrities.  http://www.realwinningedge.com/

Check out the section “About Us” and learn about Dr. Diane Preston-Reilly, Founder and President of Challenger Films. She does this work from her heart. This is a non-profit organization and she can only keep doing this through the donations she receives. This is a very worthy and important cause to help the young people, who are our future.

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Asking For Forgiveness
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It is a tough time for millions of Americans with the crummy economy and terrible housing market.  So many of us are looking for paying jobs and/or trying to sell a house for more than what we owe on them. 

 On top of that it is the holiday season…Christmas and the New Year.  Many people find this a sadder time because they are alone.  Many cannot buy gifts for their families, or friends…and can’t even afford to send cards.

 I’m hearing more people feeling really bad, and when getting into deeper conversation with them it turns out they have been very angry at others who hurt them in some way.

I asked if they could find it in their hearts to forgive those people.  They feel so strongly about the wrong done to them, they say there is no way they can forgive.  My heart breaks for them.

 There are many stories of people who have such anger and sometimes even hate for the offender, and they find themselves with troubled lives and health issues.  There are many stories of those who found it in their hearts to FORGIVE those who hurt them.  They may not forget what happened, but the FORGIVING and LETTING GO gave them peace within themselves.  They found their lives turned around for the better, including better health.

 Who are you angry with and why?  Find the courage, with love in your heart to forgive and let go. 

https://amarquette333.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/time-for-letting-go/ 

Wishing you peace and love within your heart and a very blessed and happy Christmas.

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Tears

I wrote this in 2005. Yes it is sad, yet reminds me to be available to others.

A few moments of magic
A special letter
Exciting news
Something special happens
I am excited
A special joy fills me up
I want to share the moments
….in person

Call to a friend
Can we meet for coffee?
Something wonderful to share…
Sorry, can’t…
Call another friend
Can we meet…?
Something wonderful to share…
Sorry, can’t today…
See another friend
Want to share something wonderful…
They are busy with children
Or other people…
Sorry, can we talk later…………

My heart drops
Pain sets in
My spirit cries
I try not to feel sorry for myself
I can barely breathe
The moments disappear
No one to share with…
Then…
Just more moments…
Alone………

Copyright February 5, 2005

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Well, it has been an up and down year for most everyone, including me.  I am ever so grateful that the rare downtimes have been brief, and I really have been blessed.  It has been a wonderful time of working on personal transitions, hopefully becoming wiser, writing more, and being available to help others.

 Now in this last month of 2011 it is time for looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus, for looking back at the joys and blessings of this year; and looking forward to a new year with more blessings and surprises.

Just a little trivia…yesterday I had a wisdom tooth taken out.  Hm!  Does that reduce what little wisdom I have, or does it make room for more?  🙂   

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